Big Book of Juices & Green Smoothies


The Juice Lady’s (also known as Cherie Calbom) ‘Big Book of Juices & Green Smoothies’ is not only a recipe book with more than 400 recipes, but a tool to help the reader realize the goal Ms. Calbom dreams of helping others achieve and that is radiantly vibrant health. She includes a couple of testimonies in the introduction. One from a woman who had severe health issues whose life was turned around by juicing and the other from Ms. Calbom herself. Her testimony is inspiring.

The first chapter is what she calls, ‘All about juicing’ and that pretty much covers it. Lots of details and instruction on juicing.

Then starting with chapter two she fills each chapter with numerous recipes, and yes more tips and training.

This book seems like a good beginner’s guide to juicing and smoothies, but if you have specific health issues that you want to address, she gives you juice recipes to incorporate into your diet to do so.

If you are interested in juicing or making smoothies, or in just finding out more on the topic, I’d recommend reading this book. If you are wanting to get into juicing or know someone who is, then you will probably want a copy of the book for yourself. If you have specific health issues you want to work on, you will want your own copy as well.

My favorite part is actually in the introduction as she describes her reasons for doing what she does. That isn’t to take anything away from the rest of the book. It is full of great recipes for helping one get healthy and staying healthy.

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Should Dairy Have Unlabeled Artificial Sweeteners?


The FDA was petitioned by the U.S. dairy industry to redefine milk. It is looking to have the freedom to add ‘non-nutritive sweeteners‘ and who knows what else, to our dairy products without telling us. According to the dairy industry this would be for our own good.

Maybe I’m wrong but wasn’t putting labels on our foods so that we could make informed decisions and know if there were any ingredients in the foods we were eating that we might be allergic to? At least isn’t that what we were told?

Why bother putting ANYTHING on the labels or putting labels on at all if certain items are going to be hidden anyway?

Mike Adams, the author of the article I’m linking to below makes some very strong and harsh claims against the dairy industry’s current practices and I really don’t know how many of those claims are valid. I do know that the link he provides to make comments about ‘non-nutritive sweeteners‘ being added to dairy products without being on the label goes to the FDA’s website. Until May 21, 2013 the FDA is requesting comments and data on the subject. If you would rather go directly to the FDA site and wade through all the legalese that link is: Flavored Milk; Petition to Amend the Standard of Identity for Milk and 17 Additional Dairy Products If you want to see what Mr. Adams says: U.S. dairy industry petitions FDA to approve aspartame as hidden, unlabeled additive in milk, yogurt, eggnog and cream.

If you just want to know what the 17 other dairy items are:
Acidified milk (§ 131.111),
cultured milk (§ 131.112),
sweetened condensed milk (§ 131.120),
nonfat dry milk (§ 131.125),
nonfat dry milk fortified with vitamins A and D (§ 131.127),
evaporated milk (§ 131.130),
dry cream (§ 131.149),
heavy cream (§ 131.150),
light cream (§ 131.155),
light whipping cream (§ 131.157),
sour cream (§ 131.160),
acidified sour cream (§ 131.162),
eggnog (§ 131.170),
half-and-half (§ 131.180),
yogurt (§ 131.200),
lowfat yogurt (§ 131.203), and
nonfat yogurt (§ 131.206).”